Race Bias and the Importance of Consciousness for Criminal Defense Attorneys
15 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012
Date Written: March 1, 2012
The problems of racial bias pervade the criminal justice system. In this paper a subject that is not much talked about -- the issue of how racial bias affects defense attorneys and the need for defense attorneys to acknowledge implicit and explicit racial biases as a matter of practice -- is examined. Specifically, the paper covers problems of racial bias when defense attorneys make assumptions about (1) their clients, and (2) veniremen during voir dire.
Keywords: criminal defense, racial bias, criminal justice
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